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Title: Isle of Man
Post by: IanM on August 24, 2012, 01:48:01 PM
The bike's all packed and ready to leave tomorrow morning for the trip to Liverpool and across to the Isle of Man.  It's the Manx Grand Prix races next week, so I am looking forward to the trip and watching some great racing on classic and modern bikes.

I'm also looking forward to giving the Crostourer a good run round the world famous mountain circuit.   :001:
Title: Re: Isle of Man
Post by: Red on August 24, 2012, 02:00:36 PM
sounds like a good plan!!! enjoy!!!!
Title: Re: Isle of Man
Post by: CSampaio on August 24, 2012, 06:46:19 PM
you are a luck guy, I hope ne day I can go there.

Have a nice trip, drive safe  :028:
Title: Re: Isle of Man
Post by: IanM on August 25, 2012, 09:51:07 AM
90 mile ride to Liverpool, and the Crosstourer continues to impress.  The good news is that I didn't get rained on and I am now settled on the boat with a coffee.  Life is good! 
Title: Re: Isle of Man
Post by: IanM on August 25, 2012, 10:57:55 PM
I really don't understand all the hysteria around DCT, stick it in 3rd and the manual version does most of the TT course with no problems - on the really fast sections, perhaps go for 4th.......

This bike knocks spots off my previous 2 bikes (GS and VFR 800) round this island.  I am seriously impressed.

Title: Re: Isle of Man
Post by: jacob on August 26, 2012, 08:40:39 AM
Wow - Isle of Man - very envious  :018:
Title: Re: Isle of Man
Post by: IanM on August 26, 2012, 05:16:16 PM
It has been a fantastic day here on the Isle of Man, dry and sunny, so perfect riding weather, which meant that I spent less time at the Vintage Motorcycle Club day and more riding the Crosstourer - and most people seem to have done the opposite so the roads were surprisingly quiet.  Nevertheless, I have seen dozens of Explorers, hundreds of GSs, but not even one other Crosstourer.   I know the Triumph is selling well, but given how many visitors there are on the island this week for the Manx Grand Prix, I did expect a few Crosstourers.

One of the advantages of quiet roads is that I have had several nice runs over the mountain section of the TT course. This bike has so much torque, it is an absolute pleasure to ride fast on that road, and with 3rd gear quite capable of well over 100mph, it really does only need 3rd and 4th gears.  It isn't a Fireblade or GSXR, but it is still blisteringly quick!

Title: Re: Isle of Man
Post by: Hitty on August 26, 2012, 05:31:17 PM
 :152:  You lucky man...I'm hoping the weather holds for you during the week...enjoy!

Title: Re: Isle of Man
Post by: IanM on September 01, 2012, 02:53:59 PM
Well it has been a fantastic week, good racing at the Manx Grand Prix and the Crosstourer has been brilliant.  I am on the boat home now, and will post some photos next week when I get chance. 
Title: Re: Isle of Man
Post by: Hitty on September 01, 2012, 08:10:44 PM
Glad to hear you had a good week, ian; looking forward to seeing the photos.

Trust when you get this you'll have had a smooth crossing!

Title: Re: Isle of Man
Post by: IanM on September 01, 2012, 09:52:27 PM
Thanks, I am home safe, and I thought the crossing was OK, but others were quite obviously not enjoying it!
Title: Re: Isle of Man
Post by: IanM on September 03, 2012, 07:50:24 PM
I had a very enjoyable trip to the Isle of Man – it’s somewhere I know well, but I thought a ride report might be of interest to anyone who’s not been there.

But first it is worth saying that I didn’t see another Crosstourer in the whole week I was there, which was something of a shock.  GSs, in every guise from 850 to 1100/1150/1200 were very common and there were plenty of Triumph Explorers and Ducati Multistradas too – even some Moto Guzzi Stelvios but mine was the only Crosstourer I saw.  Is it selling that badly?

Anyway, to the report, which will be mostly pictures!

The week I was there was the Manx Grand Prix, which is the year’s second race meeting on the world famous TT Mountain Circuit, which has been in use for motorcycle racing for over 100 years and remains to this day the longest and probably most demanding circuit on the planet.

For the first picture, I will start with an indulgence: it’s me on my bike at what I think is one of the most beautiful spectator spots on the course, the Gooseneck which is a tight uphill right hander.  I have spent many days here watching races and it is a beautiful spot to sit and look at the view if racing is delayed.  This particular picture wasn’t staged as such, as I rode past, I saw the photographer and got in contact for a copy.  Nice bike, nice view, it’s a great shot.

Back to the start, here’s the Crosstourer at Liverpool, in the queue and again on board the boat.  They pack them in pretty hard, but damage is rare.

This is the start of our circuit of the TT course, the Grandstand.  The first shot is the bike in pit lane whilst roads are open, the next couple are during racing and you will see the high technology scoreboard in use.  I love the Isle of Man, this is the way the grandstand scoreboard has been presented for generations, and people will fight hard to preserve it.  All the information is, of course, also available in real time (in fact more promptly than the official scoreboard manages!) on the web.  One of the shots shows that a friend of mine (bike number 62) had a very slow first lap and then retired.  The bike wasn’t running well that day.

To be continued…………

Title: Re: Isle of Man
Post by: IanM on September 03, 2012, 08:16:20 PM
Here is that bike number 62, a 500 Honda entered in the formula classic race. 

Classic racing is an integral part of the Manx Grand Prix, as perhaps you'll see in some later pictures.